What a start to 2024! We're excited to share the eighth edition of our community newsletter, which includes our upcoming events, an introduction to our business support services, and the latest from our co-working community, read on to find out more.
The first Free For All of 2024 was a huge success. Adam Clay gave an update on the NatWest Accelerator initiative, and it was wonderful to see both returning guests and some new ones. Free For All is our monthly, open networking event, held on the second Friday of each month.
Free For All Networking with Barry Grigg HSBC – Friday 9th February 9:30 – 11:30 am
This month Barry Grigg from HSBC will present on banking fraud, how it can impact your business and how to protect yourself and your business accounts from fraudulent activity.
Don't forget to practice your pitch for our sixty seconds to shine!
Workshop Sixty Second Pitching: Create A Knockout Pitch – Wednesday 14th February 9:00 – 11:00 am
If you haven’t got a clear 60-second pitch, you could be missing out on opportunities to grow your business every day. Join the NatWest team as we break the 60-second or ‘elevator’ pitch down into its component parts. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of what to put in and leave out and how to structure for maximum impact.
'PowerUp' business workshop - Wednesday 21st February 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Are you an early stage digital, creative and tech businesses looking to take that next step? Our PowerUp workshop will allow you to explore what it takes to grow your business. The session will be led by business advisors who have run businesses in the digital, creative and tech sector and now work as trusted advisors supporting hundreds of business owners to create a tried and tested roadmap for the future.
Business Advisor - Enterprise
Aise, the newly appointed Business Advisor Enterprise specialist from GM Business Growth Hub will be based at Fire Up. Aise is an entrepreneur with multiple business start-ups under his belt, across all sectors, with a strong passion for supporting and guiding start-ups on how to build and grow their businesses. Aise will be running 1:1 drop-in session every Wednesday where clients may discuss their business ideas or any difficulties they are facing in their existing businesses. If you wish to arrange a session with Aise, speak with the Fire Up team to check he is available.
Digital, Creative & Tech businesses - drop-in sessions
Working in the digital, creative or tech sector and looking for business support?
A Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub advisor will be available from 9am - 5pm at Fire Up for anyone who would like to find out more about the specialist support there is in place for digital, creative and tech business owners.
These drop-ins will take place monthly with the next two sessions taking place at Fire Up on:
No appointment necessary - just call in!
An exciting programme of AI focussed events at Fire Up
The importance of AI is increasing, and more and more companies are seeing advantages to its use. TIC, launched in 2023, focus on commercialising and accelerating AI and tech in Greater Manchester. They’ve identified Rochdale and the vibrant community co-working space at Fire Up as the perfect first location for this series of events. Read on to find out more.
We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy everything that our Fire Up Co-working Space in Rochdale has to offer you and your business.
Paul and the Fire Up team.
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